Captain Louis D. Schattner is one of the veterans of the Philippine struggle, being captain of Company B, First Idaho Infantry. His company was detailed for the service of the Philippines and he was active in the battle of Manila. Shortly after this he was taken sick and was sent home after serving there for eleven months.

Our subject was born in Wurtemberg, Germany, on October 1, 1858, being the son of David A. and Ursula (Kast) Schattner. The father was a highly educated gentleman, was in the military in Germany, was born on January 6, 1833, and died in 1895. He held the permanent position of foreman of the grand jury and was a prominent and highly esteemed man. The mother was born in Wurtemberg. Germany, also, in 1836, and died in 1872, being a thoroughly educated lady of distinction.

Our subject was educated in the high school of his native place, and then graduated from the Polytechnic schools. He came to America in 1873 and soon established himself in the drug business in Baltimore, but later went to Texas, following the same business. Soon after we see him in Butte, Montana, mining. He next enlisted in the regular army, Company G. First Cavalry. For ten years he served in the western department. He was engaged in the Nez Perce War, with the Bannocks and the Sheepeaters, the latter on the Salmon River. After his honorable discharge he went to Billings, Montana, and then to Spokane. Washington, and later opened a drug business in Kendrick. After the fire there he established himself in Leland and was there appointed postmaster. It was 1805 that he came to Lewiston; then again we find him in Montana, in the drug business. After his return from the Spanish Philippine War he went to Lewiston and opened a drug store, which, however, he recently sold, and is now engaged in life insurance. The brothers and sisters of our subject are Katherine, Fredericka, Richard A., Rosa, Marie, all in Germany. The children of Mr. Schattner are named as follows: Gretchen and Guy W.

Mr. Schattner is a thirty-second degree Mason and in politics a Republican. He has never accepted nomination, but has always worked faithfully for the election of the other good men. He has property in Lewiston and in Leland. On July 25, 1902, he was appointed United States deputy marshal, by (Marshal) Hon. R. Rounds.

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Source: An Illustrated History of Northern Idaho, Embracing Nez Perce, Idaho, Latah, Kootenai and Shoshone Counties, Western Historical Publishing Company, 1903